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Rockies sign closer Wade Davis to a three-year, $52 million deal

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that Wade Davis has agreed to a three-year, $52 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. There’s also a fourth-year vesting option that could make the deal worth $66 million. The guaranteed average of $17.33 million is the highest per-year salary ever for a relief pitcher, surpassing the $15 million a year the Yankees are paying Aroldis Chapman.

Davis, 32, saved 32 games for the Cubs in 2017, posting a 2.30 ERA and a 79/28 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings. He spent the previous four seasons with the Kansas City Royals, helping them to a World Series title in 2015, when he posted an astounding 0.94 ERA in 69 games out of the pen. Davis will take the place of his former Royals teammate Greg Holland, who closed for the Rockies in 2017 but who is now a free agent.

The Cubs had made Davis a qualifying offer, but he rejected it, meaning that the Rockies will send Chicago a draft pick as compensation.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.